SRINAGAR: Amid heavy presence of police and paramilitary forces, National Institute of Technology (NIT) resumed its class work on Monday after remaining closed for three days due to clashes between students. However the non-local students boycotted the classes.
The class work was suspended on Friday afternoon after non-resident students had beaten up local students and teachers, and vandalised the property after India lost the T20 world cup semifinal to West Indies.
Many students, teachers, and a courier had been injured.
The suspension had come as a ‘precautionary measure’.
An NIT official told Kashmir Reader that all Kashmiri students attended the classes while the non-locals boycotted to demand security.
“Except the eighth semester students, the non-locals students did not participate in any of the classes. They are demanding security,” the official said, wishing anonymity.
On their Facebook page ‘Save the students of NIT Srinagar’, the non-local students updated pictures of the injured students.
The students said policemen were deployed at the gate of the campus that was patrolled by the paramilitary CRPF men.
The NIT Srinagar Director, Rajat Gupta, said the situation has been returning to “normal” while the “boycott issue” was being examined.
On Saturday, Kashmir University (KU) students held a protest march against the assault on Kashmiri students.
The Union called the episode “a glaring example of how even the campuses and institutes in the Valley are being colonised and made hostile for Kashmiri students by the Indian state”.
A local student at NIT told Kashmir Reader that the non-local students shouted anti-Islam and anti-Pakistan slogans in the World T20 matches won by India against Pakistan and Bangladesh before it was defeated in the penultimate game of the tournament.
He said the non-local students also abused Kashmiris.
“They whistled and hooted after India’s victory. At times they (non-locals) even threw crackers inside our rooms, but we did not react. On Thursday evening, when India lost to West Indies, we too hooted and whistled. Unlike them, we did not raise instigative slogans,” a student shared on the condition of anonymity.
Following the incidents, he said, the director had issued a notice on Friday morning to warn the students.
“On Friday, we were returning after prayers when we were encountered by them (non-locals). They repeated abuses, anti-Islam, and anti-Pakistan slogans. Minutes later, a large group of them came with a huge Indian flag from a corner (of the campus). We students failed to understand where it came from and what its purpose was,” the student said.
Director NIT told Kashmir Reader that he has constituted a six-member fact-finding committee that would enquire into the incident.
“The committee will file a report to my office in the coming days. The report will then be submitted to the board that will decide on action against the offenders. We just have to wait and watch,” Gupta said.
It is still unclear whether or not the police filed an FIR in the incident.
Station house officer Nigeen, Majid Ahmad, did not respond to calls from Kashmir Reader.
On Sunday, independent legislator, Abdul Rasheed accused police of denying him a copy of the FIR, which, he supposed, may have been filed in the murderous assault on a courier.
He also threatened protest and legal action if he was not provided with the information about police action in the case.